Hotelier kidnapped in South Darfur capital
The owner of a small hotel in South Darfur capital, Nyala, was kidnapped on Sunday. The increase of abductions in Darfur lately is due to the weak rule of law and rapid deterioration of living conditions, according to the Sudanese Communist Party’s Secretary of for Darfur.
“Six armed men wearing military uniforms in a vehicle bearing a plate with the abbreviation RSF (Rapid Support Forces) on Sunday stopped in front of the hotel owned by Abdallah Ali Hasaballah, located in the city centre”, a listener reported to Radio Dabanga from Nyala. They told him that he had to appear at the police station. Hasaballah went with them, and disappeared.”
Kidnapping for ransom has increased lately. According to Dr Nur El Sadeg, Secretary for Darfur of the Sudanese Communist Party, the phenomenon can be explained by “the increased insecurity in Sudan in general, and in Darfur in particular, the weakened rule of law, the participation of government forces and their friends in the abductions, and especially by the rapid deterioration of living conditions”.
El Sadeg told Radio Dabanga from Nyala that “the kidnaps may disappear when the current regime disappears.”
Regarding the situation in Nyala, she commented that the services are extremely bad. “The people here people are continuously suffering, due to power and water outages. Every three days, a number of neighbourhoods receive electricity. The residential areas have been cut from drinking water two months ago.”
The Communist Party Secretary attributed the reasons for the lack of services to mismanagement, and lack of concern by the South Darfur State government for the situation the citizens are living in.
File photo: Militiamen in Darfur, 2008 (by Andrew Carter)
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